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ELIZABETH ARDEN & REESE WITHERSPOON ANNOUNCE 2019 ‘MARCH ON’ FOR WOMEN CAMPAIGN
By Carol Townsend
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
HEALTH | BEAUTY
5 WAYS TO USE CUCUMBERS IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE By Jennifer Gonzales
THE NEW PIËCH MARK ZERO
STYLE | BEAUTY
HUBLOT AND MARC FERRERO CELEBRATE WOMEN, HEROINES OF MODERN TIMES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE BESTOWS SHARED HUMANITY AWARD TO OPRAH WINFREY
3 COMMUNICATIONS BASICS THAT BUILD CONFIDENCE By Merilee Kern
TYRA BANKS ANNOUNCES MODELLAND ATTRACTION
TRAVEL | LEISURE
CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY
PUERTO VALLARTA CAN HELP BEAT THE WINTER BLUES AND STEP UP THE ACTIVE VACATION
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
NEW YORK’S MOXY CHELSEA OPENS AS THE FLOWER DISTRICT’S NEW SECRET GARDENT
BUSINESS | DEVELOPMENT
LVCVA AND ELON MUSK’S THE BORING COMPANY COLLABORATING FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN LAS VEGAS
TOPPING OFF CEREMONY FOR 125 GREENWICH, A U.S. CELEBRATES THE COMPLETION OF THE BUILDING
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
WOMEN, MILLENNIALS, AND HISPANICS WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF HOUSING
ART | CULTURE
MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES SOHO CELEBRATES THE UNIQUE VISION AND WORKS OF AMERICAN ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST SAM FRANCIS
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
SEVENTH ANNUAL ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP DRAWS A-LIST ATTENDANCE FOR WORLD-RENOWNED ONE DROP FOUNDATION AT BELLAGIO RESORT & CASINO
WILSHIRE SKYLINE REVIVES ICONIC HOLLYWOOD LANDMARK THE COMMODORE OF HOLLYWOOD
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Dear readers, Welcome to our April Women’s issue. You'll find plenty of female doers if you just look around High Rise Life this month. These are women who are unapologetically stepping into the spotlight, creating businesses from the ground up, and setting examples for other women. It’s that tenacious fierceness that makes women great leaders, creators, and mentors. Our cover star Kathy Ireland is the Chair, CEO, and Chief Designer for kathy ireland Worldwide, the design and marketing firm she founded in 1993. Her success has ranked her as one of the wealthiest former models in the world. Apart from her uncanny eye for opportunity —is her fierce, unquenchable, competitiveness. Her career as a businesswoman has made a $420 million personal fortune by 2015 and her global brand has estimated revenue of over 2 billion dollars in retail sales. Kathy, who is also the author of several influential books, a wife and mother of 3, and a global human rights activist—is the epitome of self-made.
Elsewhere, in this issue we turn to Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Arden's Storyteller-in-Chief and female advocate. Over one-hundred years later, the company remains a fervent supporter of women's rights worldwide and continues to encourage the advancement of women through its partnership with UN Women. "It's an incredible time to be a woman. The work we're doing with Elizabeth Arden and UN Women is igniting real change and increasing possibilities for women globally," says Reese Witherspoon. We hope the stories in this issue inspires anyone, regardless of gender, to feel empowered to make a positive change in the world. Cheers!
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D-ZYN CORNER Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
Spring Sensation! While our neighbors in the east are still fighting the throes of winter (Brrrr) we are looking at sunny skies, warm temperatures and budding plants. When my neighborâ€™s fingers start itching to get their hands in dirt, my fingers itch to visit fabric stores, furniture stores and accessories stores. What can we do to liven up our living spaces for a change of season? Color, light fabrics, green plants for accessories, fresh cut flowers in big bowls and vases to pop spring into our spaces.
can go into a corner in your living room or outside. Swing into a lively conversation with your friends. Let’s talk. There is so many furniture options today that are high on current style but sized for the new smaller spaces we see. Comfort is built into the smaller packages. But what is nice is, accessories may go in the opposite direction. A huge rope knotted cotton throw can be placed in a reading corner. I saw an ad for these on my phone the other day, they can be made by you… if you’re crafty or they are available to purchase in home décor stores. Just go on a hunting mission see if you find something big, fun and different to add to your space. How about that huge wall, opposite your media wall? Voila! Have you seen recent digital creations made into great murals? Some come as large as 8’ X 12’, this can bring the outdoors come indoors if you find the right look.
A recent visit to the markets say Big, Bold, and Beautiful is the key to this year’s trends. Throw your idea of what looks balanced out the window. Your space in the tower may look large because of high ceilings, but the space for furniture may be your challenge. Have you seen the huge rattan outdoor swing-chairs that fits two people? The old-fashioned porch swing has been reinvented. These chair swings
I have a client who just completed designing their balcony looking over the city. They wanted water but plumbing and running the water to the wall was not feasible, so she found a great big oval planter and placed a Water Lily and put a bubbler that was solar operated into the bowl. Filling it was easy, and it fit right in with the tropical mural she added to the wall creating a serene oasis in her balcony. Play with spring, get light hearted and see what your mood finds. Remember, as the seasons change so can you change the areas if you want to. Carol Townsend, ASID firstname.lastname@example.org
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The New Piëch Mark Zero Driving Pleasure and Innovation for the New Electric Era Innovation meets sports car feeling. A study of the new electric sports car Piëch Mark Zero combines typical sports car attributes and innovative technologies with a timeless and attractive body. It’s the first of a family of products to be brought to market by Piëch Automotive in the next three years. Its flexible and open vehicle architecture allows the use of a variety of drive systems - like electric drive, hybrid, fuel cell or internal combustion engine. The entirely new type of battery cell hardly heats up during charging and discharging phases; it features a high rate of recuperation and can be charged up to 80% in 4:40 minutes. This means that fast charging
takes only marginally more time than filling up a conventional car with petrol. Piëch Automotive is a German-Swiss vehicle manufacturer based in Zurich and Munich. Three and a half years ago, the founders and owners of Piëch Automotive, Toni Piëch and Co-CEO/Creative Director Rea Stark Rajcic had the idea to develop a new, flexible vehicle architecture. The first car they created is the Piëch Mark Zero, a vehicle that brings the fascination of a sports car into the electric era. It will be shown for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show.
The Piëch Mark Zero is an electric GT with a (WLTP) range of 500 km (311 mi). The special type of cell hardly heats up during charging or discharging phases. In addition to conventional CSC charging, the fast charging mode allows for a sensationally short charging time of only 4:40 minutes to 80% battery capacity with an exceptionally high recuperation rate. Because of the reduced heat build-up, the batteries can be cooled by air alone. This contributes to an overall weight reduction of around 200 kg, resulting in a total vehicle weight of under 1,800 kg.
PIËCH AUTOMOTIVE - TIMELESS LUXURY The Piëch brand stands for timeless luxury and modern technology putting people at the center. Creative head Stark Rajcic underlines this: “It’s our aim to support the emotional driving experience with up-to-date technology. It’s meant to help the driver but not distract him. And it’s about the real sports car feeling driving, not being driven! Of course, the vehicle architecture is geared towards autonomous driving, but we’ll keep that for later models.” PACKAGE ALLOWS SPORTS CAR HANDLING Thanks to the placement of the batteries (one in the center tunnel, the rest at the rear axle), weight distribution and handling are expected to be like that of a conventional sports car with a combustion engine. In contrast to the widespread placement under the floor, this allows a low seating position typical of a sports car as well as precise handling, giving the driver immediate feedback. Co-CEO Piëch summarizes the product requirements for the new Piëch Mark Zero thus: “We have developed a sports car that we ourselves would like to buy, and we talked for a long time to many enthusiasts about what was missing on the market. We want to offer a modern classic that isn’t subject to consumer cycles. The driver of this sports car should enjoy any minute they can spend in the car.” SPORTY PERFORMANCE AND QUICK CHARGING - 80% IN 4:40 MINUTES The Piëch Mark Zero is an electric GT with a range of 500 km (311 mi) according to WLTP. The special type of cell hardly heats up during charging or discharging phases. Significantly higher currents can flow as the cell temperature rises only marginally. In addition to
conventional CSC charging, the fast charging mode allows for a sensationally short charging time of only 4:40 minutes to 80% battery capacity with an exceptionally high recuperation rate. Because of the reduced heat build-up, the batteries can be cooled by air alone. This contributes to an overall weight reduction of around 200 kg, resulting in a total vehicle weight of under 1,800 kg. At the front axle, an asynchronous motor delivers 150 kW, while at the rear axle, two synchronous motors produce 150 kW each - guaranteeing typical sports car feeling! INNOVATIVE BATTERY AND CHARGING PARTNERS DESTEN AND TGOOD Piëch Automotive battery partner is the DESTEN Group Ltd., based in Hong Kong, China, with a research and development center in Qingdao, China. DESTEN offers innovative cell and battery packs which feature extremely short charging times combined with low temperature development. Now DESTEN wants to roll out their battery and cell competence gained in the consumer sector in the automotive industry. The necessary charging infrastructure is supplied by Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. Ltd. from Qingdao, China, and Hong Kong, China. The group of companies was founded in 2004 by Chinese and German engineers, is listed on the stock exchange in Shenzhen, China, and is a market leader in eHouse solutions. TGOOD operates 210,000 charging stations in more than 300 cities. Says Piëch: “We are proud to have found two such strong and innovative partners. Together with our partners, we’re open for cooperation, regardless of whether it’s about our new modular vehicle architecture or the innovative battery cells or the charging infrastructure.”
Dimensions Length/Width/Height: 4,432/1,991/1,250 mm (w/o wing mirrors) Overhang: Front: 897 mm/Back: 915 mm Weight: Under 1,800 kg Wheelbase: 2,620 mm
Performance System output: Front axle: One asynchronous motor delivering 150 kW Rear axle: Two synchronous motors (mechanically decoupled) delivering 150 kW each Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds Top speed: 250 km/h
The permanent team of specialists has wide-ranging experience in various industry sectors, having worked for renowned automobile manufacturers around the globe. Together with some 200 external employees, it designed a modular vehicle platform which allows the development of a variety of body and drivetrain variants.
The Piëch Mark Zero takes the core design elements of the great GT sports car era, combines them with new design options, and rigorously evolves them into the 21st century. Refined and reduced to the essentials. Minimalist, with an elegant simplicity and a timeless, functional aesthetic that is sure to outlast the short-lived trends.
Thanks to the modular concept, vehicles made by Piëch Automotive can be kept up-to-date over a long period of time as both the software and hardware (like for example the blocks of battery cells) can be updated or replaced as needed. At the same time, the modular structure allows a wide choice of drive systems: conventional internal combustion engine, different kinds of hybrids, true electric drive or fuel cell - all these drive systems can be realized using the same vehicle architecture. In the next step, this modular structure is also to be offered to other manufacturers in B2B business. Three vehicle variants are in planning: a two-seater, a four-seater and a sporty SUV. Other concepts like convertibles or pick-ups are also conceivable. Production will take place in cooperation with experienced partners with a long-standing successful history in contract manufacturing. The Piëch Mark Zero will be developed and produced strictly to German quality standards. The decision about manufacturing partners will be announced at a later stage.
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Photos Courtesy of Hublot SA
Hublot and Marc Ferrero Celebrate Women, Heroines of Modern Times Hublot, Swiss luxury watchmaker and Marc Ferrero, the artist behind Storytelling Art, unveil the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero. Paying homage to the 21st century woman, who distinguishes herself through the multiplicity of her roles, in this exclusive timepiece she is embodied as the heroine of modern times. This collaboration marks an exploratory approach to art and watchmaking.
A MUSE, THE 21ST CENTURY WOMAN In turn wife, mother, friend, lover, business woman, femme fatale, fashion icon or night owl, for every hour of the day the modern woman sets herself apart as unpredictable, multifaceted and unique. She is disarming and makes light of the simple or complex adventures that she comes up against; drawing upon her charm, she juggles the lives that fill each of her days.
BIG BANG ONE CLICK MARC FERRERO The dial tells the story of this heroine of modern times with ‘Lipstick’, an iconic work by the artist. Enigmatic behind her dark glasses, she remains majestic in the face of the unexpected
and affirms her femininity, armed with her lipstick. Spinel’s in shades of red, topazes for the turquoise version, and forty-two fine stones decorate the bezel of the new 39-mm case, which is adjusted to her feminine wrists. With one touch of its “One Click” patented fastening system, the leather strap makes way for a version in alligator and rubber, a touch of sophistication appropriate for the moment. Available in red and turquoise, the special series will be available in 50 copies of each tone.
WATCHMAKING AND PAINTING IN MOVEMENT: FUSION Hublot and Marc Ferrero cultivate the art of exploration in their respective fields, with fusion as the guiding principle. For the watchmaking house, it is the unexpected blend of rare and innovative materials and for the artist and friend of the brand, it is the combination of different graphic styles on the same plane. It was therefore natural for their innovative spirits to find a shared expression, with watchmaking as a vehicle for art. A story of timeless adventures is embodied by the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero timepiece. A flagship announcement linking to the “Hublot loves Art” series.
"When I am asked 'What innovative and modern idea develops your painting?' Without hesitation, I answer fusion... Using different graphic styles (cubism, impressionism, surrealism, figurative, etc.) on the same plane or over my works-just like a film director uses special effects to tell a story-will always represent an extremely exciting challenge for me." Marc Ferrero
BIG BANG ONE CLICK MARC FERRERO Diameter: 39 mm Thickness: 12.55mm Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m) Case: Satin-finished and polished stainless steel Bezel: Polished stainless steel, set with 42 blue topazes or 42 red spinel Bezel Lug: Turquoise composite resin / Red composite resin Lateral inserts: Turquoise composite resin / Red composite resin Screws «H»: Polished titanium Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment white logo Hublot printed inside Crown: Stainless steel Case Back: Satin-finished stainless steel engraved “LIMITED EDITION” + “XX/50” Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment Dial: Black lacquered dial with multicolor printed designed by “Marc Ferrero” Hands: Polished rhodium plated hands Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB1710, Self-winding movement No of Components: 166 (27 jewels) Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h) *Each color limited to 50 pieces
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KATHY IRELAND SHE MEANS BUSINESS Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief Photo by Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon Courtesy of Jon Carrasco
Supermodel-turned entrepreneur Kathy Ireland is the Chair, CEO, and Chief Designer for Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the design and marketing firm she founded in 1993. Her success has ranked her as one of the wealthiest former models in the world. Apart from her uncanny eye for opportunity —is her fierce, unquenchable, competitiveness. Her career as a businesswoman has made a $420 million personal fortune by 2015 and her global brand has estimated revenue of over 2 billion dollars in retail sales. Fairchild Publications’ has named her one of the 50 Most Influential People in Fashion and Forbes has ranked her amongst top 50 most successful women in America. Kathy, who is also the author of several inspirational books, a wife and mother of 3, and a global human rights activist—is the epitome of self-made. In our exclusive interview Kathy Ireland gives us personal insight into her thriving brand and how she attained success as a businesswoman. Here is what she had to say.
Photo by Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon Courtesy of Jon Carrasco
"Working with Kathy is truly a joyous experience as she is so kind and thoughtful, that you don’t even feel like you are working." Michael Amini Q: How do you manage time with so many moving parts?
Photos Courtesy of Kathy Ireland® Worldwide Q: What do you love most about entrepreneurship? There are many things I love about being an entrepreneur. My entrepreneurial career began when I was four. I sold painted rocks from a wagon, they were combination of fashion, design, and business. What I learned at a young age is that it is empowering to be an entrepreneur. The responsibility is much greater, but so are the awards. Q: How was it to transition from a successful modeling career to building a successful brand? Modeling was never a part of the plan. It was just an opportunity that came my way, and I felt like if I didn’t explore it, I might regret it. I thought maybe I could save money for college or start a business, but I never anticipated my modeling career would last as long as it did. I started many businesses and failed along the way. Had one of those businesses been successful earlier on—my modeling career would have ended much sooner. Transitioning was not as easy. Some doors I believe were open, but they were not the right doors. They were doors of curiosity. I dealt with challenges along the way. Often my decisions as a CEO were not taken serious because of that past career. I had to battle with preconceived notions. Although, I’m grateful for the education it gave me; it exposed me to the best designers in the world, to people of all different cultures, and it enriched my life with experiences that have become a part of me.
I think many women have a hard time saying no. We want to do everything. I was 40-years old before I learned “NO” was a complete sentence. Men are great at delegating. It’s something I had to learn to get better at with time. I think we can have it all, but not all at once. Life comes in seasons and we must prioritize our time with what’s important. For me it is keeping my priorities in order: It’s my faith and my family, and then the business. Q: What is an important lesson you have learned under Warren Buffett’s mentorship? Something I learned from Warren Buffett is that apparel fashion is very cyclical and steady. When he speaks — I just listen. He has such incredible wisdom and experience and it just made a lot of sense. Q: What attracted you to get involved with furniture industry? I always had a passion for home and design. My modeling career was great educational experience. In the process, I learned what people need and want. I recognized what women saw on the runways in Paris and Milan they wanted in their homes. I love the idea of bringing that fashion into the home. What I love about the home industry is the people. Our customers are inviting us into their homes. I audition for my job every day. We don’t take it lightly to earn their trust. Q: Can you tell us a little about your collaboration with Michael Amini? I had been wanting to work with Michael for years — he is just amazing. I love the quality and integrity of his work. We wanted to do something different with him and reflect our customers in the way that they live. We wanted that quality, integrity, and craftsmanship. At the same time, we wanted it to be affordable and serve our millennial age customer.
Q: Can you tell us about kathy ireland Worldwide?
Q: What advice would you give to young female entrepreneurs?
We started our brand twenty-five years ago with a pair of socks. How people are treated is at the forefront of our brand. Working with people with great integrity is a core value we carry. I love connecting with our sales team and sharing with them our story with everything we design. We are in contact with our customers every day. I have so much respect for them. The mission statement at our company is to find solutions for families, especially busy moms. The reason I’m reaching busy moms is that is where I am in my life.
Have passion for what you are doing because it is hard work. Have conviction. Know your values. Know your boundaries. Put boundaries in place to protect your values because they will be challenged. Know what you will be willing to walk away from. We walked away as a company from millions of dollars because it was not aligned with our core values. I think one of the greatest gifts from my modeling career was all the rejection I dealt with regularly. Learn from your rejections and most importantly — don’t give up. Persevere.
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Holland America Line Bestows Shared Humanity Award to Oprah Winfrey In honor of a career championing equality and inclusion, global cruise line donates $40,000 to Oprah Winfreyâ€™s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
At a special gathering on board Nieuw Statendam following the special Girls’ Getaway sailing in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine, Holland America Line bestowed its Shared Humanity Award on Oprah Winfrey — philanthropist, global media leader and founder and editorial director of the magazine. At the event, Holland America Line presented a $40,000 donation to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls to commemorate the award and honored her as official godmother of the new ship. Holland America Line chose Winfrey for her commitment over the last three decades to bringing people together, breaking down barriers and inspiring greater understanding among people from all backgrounds, belief systems and walks of life. “Oprah has worked tirelessly throughout her career to enrich the lives of others, and she is globally recognized as a leader who has inspired millions to live their best lives and embrace that we are more alike than different,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Oprah embodies the spirit and reason why we created the Shared Humanity Award, to reflect our higher purpose value of building connections and fostering understanding among people from different cultures as we sail the world. Oprah is exceptionally deserving to be honored and we are proud to support her work with a donation to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.” Winfrey’s generous impact to the world began in 1998 when she created Oprah’s Angel Network that supported charitable projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. Oprah’s Angel Network raised more than $80,000,000 before ending in 2010. In 2000, during a visit to Nelson Mandela, Ms. Winfrey pledged to build a school for girls in South Africa
to serve girls who showed outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances. By 2012 Winfrey had donated approximately $400 million to educational causes, including more than 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, Winfrey became the biggest single donor with a contribution of $13 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “I’ve spent my life trying to be a missionary and a visionary of spreading peace in the world. The one prayer that I pray most often is ‘God, use me for something greater than myself,’” said Winfrey in accepting the award. “There is nothing better than having acknowledgment that the work that you are doing is being affirmed by people who notice what you do. I appreciate that from you. Thank you very much and I’m grateful for the contribution to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls.”
ABOUT OPRAH WINFREY’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR GIRLS Born from a pledge by Oprah Winfrey to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls is committed to providing a rigorous yet supportive education system that encourages high standards of academic achievement, service leadership and provides cultural enrichment for girls who show outstanding promise, despite their disadvantaged backgrounds. As of 2018 more than 430 OWLAG graduates have attended colleges and universities around the world, with 17 of those girls graduating from U.S. colleges and universities. For more information please, visit www.hollandamerica.com.
WOMEN | INSPIRATION
COMMUNICATIONS BASICS THAT
Build Confidence Written by Merilee Kern
Easy tips to feel more resilient and controlled or, at least, exude the image that you are
Communication is ingrained in every facet of life, yet many struggle with fear, insecurity and general ineffectiveness when they find themselves eye to eye with someone to present ideas, address complicated situations, express feelings, negotiate or just “sell them self”—all whether in a personal or professional context. According to Megan Rokosh, a global business communications expert with over 12 years of agency public relations, media and creative strategy experience, “Some people are paralyzed with fear at the very thought of taking an idea and communicating it, both in the workplace and in their everyday life. However, confidence can be significantly bolstered by heeding even a few simple strategies—some fundamentals and essentials—that can improve one’s poise and self-assurance...and results of the endeavor at hand.” Here are three of Rokosh’s confidence-building communications requisites: 1. Craft situation diffusion dialogue. Create an assortment of “go-to” statements you can have at-the-ready to handle awkward or hard situations and moments. These are assertions and declarations that you know work well and that you can whip out quickly when needed. For example, if you are late to a social outing, rehearse saying “I’m so sorry I kept you waiting, my rule is when I’m late, all the drinks are on me.” Or, when you’re at a loss for words, you can assert, “I could have sworn that I packed my tongue today” and lighten the moment. Having such short statements up your proverbial sleeve helps to avoid stumbling your way through awkward moments. 2. Give in to vulnerability. Vulnerability often equals likability and they are indelibly connected—so use that truth to your benefit! There’s not much more off-putting than arrogance and seeming vulnerable can make you more relatable. If you’re nervous and kicking off a meeting, tell your audience to “be gentle with you” and have a quick laugh to loosen everyone—and yourself--up. Self-effacing humor can be a powerful tool. Or, if you’re having a difficult time understanding something, you can say, “I’m so sorry if I’m holding us up here, but would you mind explaining one more time?” Your contrition will surely endear. 3. Address adversities head on. You will undoubtedly face times at work and at home that require you to address something difficult. Although challenging and scary, the situation usually must to be addressed to be effectively resolved. Great leaders always speak up and you should, too! Make clear from the beginning that you intend to hear and consider the other person’s side, stating something April 2019
like, “Your perspective is valid and really want to hear what you have to say, but first, please allow me to share my thoughts....” followed by the suitable words. This will give you the floor, hopefully uninterrupted, since the other party has been given the assurance, they’ll have a chance to present their side as well. As goes without saying, this discourse should be in person versus via text or email whenever that’s a possibility. There are times when a call or in-person meeting is just the right thing to do and where words, inflections and expressions if face-to-face will be far more impactful and meaningful. Rokosh also reminds us that the world’s best communicators are trained. “It’s very rare that an incredible communicator hasn’t put in extensive work toward their oration skills so they can speak eloquently, pause in powerful silence when appropriate, address very difficult media questions, etc.,” she notes. “It’s important to remember that, while some people are inherently talented communicators, for many (if not most) becoming a confident communicator requires learned skills. It’s one simple strategy like those above built upon each other, and proactively putting them to use, that will get you where you want and need to be.” As an advice-doling expert, Rokosh doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. Having worked with many high-profile global organizations and consulted with C-suite executives from nearly every industry, she’s created hugely successful platforms founded on effective communications. This includes working directly with top-tier media like Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Ad Age, Adweek and scores more. Rokosh was even invited to partake in the elite “Business of Media, Entertainment and Sports” program at Harvard. So, if effectively communicating is an area of insecurity for you, if you find yourself being held back by the fear, or if you just want to amp up your existing communications prowess, try Rokosh’s three easy tips above to feel more resilient and controlled—or, at least, exude the image that you are. About Author As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/ LuxeListReviews.
WOMEN | PHILANTHROPY
Elizabeth Arden & Reese Witherspoon Announce 2019 ‘March On’ For Women Campaign Iconic Beauty Brand and Actress/Activist Advance Philanthropic Campaign Supporting UN Women Elizabeth Arden announced March on Pink, the next phase of the brand’s signature philanthropic campaign, through a $1 million pledge supporting UN Women in their work to advance women’s issues worldwide. To bolster awareness and efforts, a limited-edition lipstick signed by Reese Witherspoon in “Pink Punch” shade will be sold globally with 100% of the proceeds donated to UN Women. Following last year’s limited-edition March On lipstick in Elizabeth Arden’s classic red, this year’s March On campaign ushers in a new, powerful pink shade. Inspired by the next generation of young women leaders and enacting great change, Pink Punch unapologetically embraces women’s boldness and femininity. “It’s an incredible time to be a woman. The work we’re doing with Elizabeth Arden and UN Women is igniting real change and increasing possibilities for women globally,” says Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Arden’s Storyteller-in-Chief and female advocate. “I’m in this for all women – for my daughter, my mother, and all the amazing women in my life.” As an early supporter of women’s rights, the brand’s legacy of empowering women traces back to the suffrage movement, when Elizabeth Arden herself provided red lipsticks to the suffragettes marching down Fifth Avenue. Over one-hundred years later, the company remains a fervent supporter of women’s rights worldwide and continues to encourage the advancement of women through March On and its partnership with UN Women. “From its inception, Elizabeth Arden has been defined by strong leadership, determination and spirit,” says Ava Huang, General Manager, Elizabeth Arden. “Today, as much as ever, we are inspired by and committed to encouraging our future fearless leaders to March On. This campaign serves as a symbol of women’s strength and the powerful possibilities when we support one another. We are grateful for our partnership with UN Women and their dedication and impactful work toward gender equality.” “One of the strongest drivers of change toward gender equality is widespread awareness and participation,” explained Tia T. Gordon, Chief of Communications & Advocacy, UN Women. “The funds raised through March On will continue to fuel UN Women’s ‘Making Every Woman & Girl Count’ gender data initiative. We are proud to continue working with Elizabeth Arden to ensure that all women and girls are counted and visible, so that there is no excuse for inaction.” The March On Beautiful Color Lipstick in Pink Punch will be available Beginning March 2019 for $26.50 on ElizabethArden.com and in department stores globally. #TogetherWeMarchOn
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HEALTH | BEAUTY
Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Spring is finally here! That means no more hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows, the weather is warming up and those nice sunny beach days are around the corner. While being faced with having to endure extreme hot temperature changes it’s important to make sure that your skin is protected. If you haven’t given much thought to this, no worries I’ve got you covered. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Cool as a cucumber”? The phrase is pretty much right on que, cucumbers have the ability to cool the body and are packed with so many amazing benefits. Cucumbers contain 96% water and are a great source of Vitamin C. They can help lower blood pressure and contains other sources of nutrients such as magnesium and potassium. Cucumbers are great for your over-all health, but did you know that it serves multiple purposes for the face, hair and skin? The beauty benefits of a cucumbers are endless. Take the time to try out these recommended tips and you’ll be glowing in no time!
NATURAL TONER Cucumbers contain silica, which helps not only tone up the skin but helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They make great toners and help fight oily skin and unclogs pores. All you need to make the perfect anti-aging mask is 1 cucumber mixed with 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of lemon, toss in a blender, apply it to your face and neck for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. You could also take a few slices rub it all over your face and neck, let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse face and pat dry.
HYDRATING FACIAL MASK Due to cucumbers being one of the highest water-based vegetable it’s easy to maintain hydration. It also provides protein, mineral salts and vitamins. Since the weather is warmer it’s important to keep the face hydrated. To make the perfect hydrating face mask you will need ½ slice of cucumber (skin off) blend it with 1/3 cup of plain yogurt apply it to the face and neck, let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse and pat dry.
SUNBURN Did you know that cucumbers could also help with those dreadful sunburns? This is one of the most common things you’ll be experiencing if you plan on spending the next couple of weekends at the beach. Although, I’m sure you’ll be wearing sunscreen but sometimes we still manage to get a little burnt. All you need to do is cut a cucumber in slices and place them to effected areas for instant relief.
Puffy eyes are another common thing that people experience. Whether you are experiencing puffy eyes due to allergies or just another late night, this home remedy is simple. Since cucumbers are high in antioxidant, they help reduce inflammation and swelling in the eye area. Just take two slices of cucumber, place 1 underneath each eye lid, leave it on for 20 minutes then remove. In most cases, you’ll experience instant results.
HAIR MASK If you aren’t making it to the beach, I’m sure you’ll be heading out to the pool. As we all know pools contain a lot of chlorine, and chlorine can damage your hair. Want to protect your hair? Mash a cucumber, olive oil (as much needed depending on length and thickness of hair) and one egg, rub it in your hair, leave it in for about 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly. April 2019
Tyra Banks Announces Modelland Attraction Step into Your Light™ and be a Model at the New Experiential Retail Attraction Macerich's Santa Monica Place Welcomes Inaugural Location Photos Courtesy of The Tyra Banks Company Iconic Supermodel turned Super Entrepreneur Tyra Banks announces her biggest venture yet, Modelland®. A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Modelland will intersect a fantasy version of the modeling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events. The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. As the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, Banks continues her mission to bring modeling to the masses and expand the definition of beauty. Banks first let model-dreamers into the elusive fashion world by creating one of the longest-running reality TV franchises, America’s Next Top Model. America’s Next Top Model is the first televised platform to seriously challenge industry norms in size, height and age, ultimately taking the fashion modeling world mainstream. The show airs in 180 countries with 25 international versions and has millions of viewers worldwide. With Modelland, Banks creates a new world of storytelling and adventure in a grand, fantastical, physical place where all expressions of beauty are celebrated. The multi-level ticketed experience invites all visitors to redefine what a model really is and for people to be the dream versions of themselves. Each will undertake a transformational journey to celebrate their unique beauty. Modelland is a flagship, permanent destination with a global strategy to expand worldwide. “Modelland has been 10 intense years in the making,” says Banks. “It has been my ultimate dream and I have worked tirelessly with laser-focused tunnel vision to bring it to fruition. Modelland will awaken your childlike glee by entertaining and educating in unexpected ways that will make learning about oneself fierce and fun. I want people to feel seen and validated. Modelland will provide the tools for them to do so and empower them to embrace, adorn and celebrate their own unique beauty.” Embarking on her third-year teaching at Stanford Business School, Banks concludes, “Modelland is all about celebrating your flawsome self. We are fun. We are fierce. We are fantasy. And, we are for real.” Modelland will create a global community for user-generated content, providing visibility and amplifying a diverse array of voices (all ages, genders, families, Millennials, Gen Z and beyond) inviting the full spectrum of beauty to Feel the Fierce™ firsthand. The venture will invite select partners in the sectors of beauty, fashion, entertainment, food & beverage, and technology to collaborate on the 360-degree, poly-sensory experiences. Macerich (NYSE:MAC), one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind properties in top markets, will house the Modelland experience in a prime, street-facing location at its award-winning Santa Monica Place property. Perfectly positioned between the landmark Santa Monica Pier and the 4th Street/Colorado Expo Line stop, and adjacent to the well-trafficked Third Street Promenade, Modelland will live in a 21,000 sq. ft space.
Modelland will be a gathering place for locals, visitors and its pre-existing passionate global community, where people will have the opportunity to discover and engage more deeply with the brand. “Santa Monica Place is the perfect setting for the groundbreaking Modelland concept and we are so pleased to welcome this exceptional, multi-layered entertainment, retail and dining attraction to our world-class destination,” said Michael Guerin, Senior Vice President, Leasing, Macerich. “Our top properties including Santa Monica Place are terrific platforms for retailers and brands of all kinds to connect with their audiences, who visit us for the best in experience-forward retail and everything else.” Santa Monica Place is home to Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Rolex, All Saints, Hugo Boss, BARNEYS NEW YORK, Nike, dozens more shops and an inspired collection of restaurants and entertainment experiences. These include True Food Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Sonoma Wine Garden, ArcLight Cinemas and more. Santa Monica Place is also home to a growing set of engaging, digitally native brands, such as b8ta, Ministry of Supply, Peloton and others. Later this year, L.A.’s only children’s museum, the Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell and Tesla Showroom are set to open. Hard hat tours of Modelland will start in August 2019. For more information please, visit www.Model-Land.com.
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Catalina Island Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Wrigley’s Purchase of California’s Island Escape New Guided Tours, Nostalgic Menu Items and Special Museum Exhibit Commemorate William Wrigley Jr.'s Vision for Catalina and His Investment in the Catalina Island Company This year marks the centennial of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s purchase of the Catalina Island Company. It was during this year that he fell in love with Catalina Island and began to develop it into the resort destination it is today. To commemorate this momentous milestone, visitors will be able to enjoy several new experiences, including two Anniversary Tours that take a nostalgic journey through Avalon, and a special Catalina Island Museum exhibit celebrating Wrigley’s first year on the island and the decade that followed. Visitors will also be able to enjoy flashback menu items, once served
at historic venues such as Hotel St. Catherine, now available for a limited time at Catalina Island Company restaurants. “The continued success and popularity of Catalina Island as a resort destination is a testament to the Wrigley’s enduring legacy,” said Randall Herrel, president and chief executive officer of Catalina Island Company. The Catalina Island Company launched two guided Anniversary Tours this month that visit many of Avalon’s historic venues and explore Catalina’s early beginnings as California’s Island Escape™. www.HighRiseLife.com
• Wrigley’s Catalina is one hour and fifteen minutes and treats guests to scenic canyon and ocean views while revealing the fascinating history of many venues and attractions built by the Catalina Island Company and visited by millions over the years. The tour includes the Catalina Country Club, originally the clubhouse for Wrigley’s Chicago Cubs and home to the Bobby Jones trophy; the site of the baseball field where the Cubs held Spring Training from 1921 to 1951; the former Bird Park, a popular attraction that featured thousands of birds; and the Catalina Chimes Tower, which has chimed every 15 minutes since the Wrigley’s built it in 1925 as a gift to the Avalon community. • Magnificent Mt. Ada is a two-hour experience that encompasses everything in Wrigley’s Catalina, in addition to a tour of historic Avalon Theatre in the iconic Casino and a visit to Mt. Ada, the former Wrigley mansion, which boasts incredible views of the island and harbor and holds Catalina’s only Forbes Travel Guide four-star rating. This is one of the first times in decades that tours of Mt. Ada have been offered to the public. For an additional charge, guests on this tour can culminate their experience with a three-course lunch at Mt. Ada. Wrigley’s Catalina is now available for booking at $39.95 for adults and $37.95 for seniors, military and children. Magnificent
Mt. Ada is $69.95 for adults and $65.95 for seniors, military and children. For more information on the Anniversary Tours, please visit visitcatalinaisland. com/activity/125th-anniversary-tours. Catalina Island Museum’s Wrigley’s Catalina: A Centennial Celebration celebrates 1919 and the transformative decade that followed. This special exhibition, which runs through January 19, 2020, commemorates Wrigley’s ambitious vision for the island by highlighting many of his improvement projects, from selling parcels of land to residents and building new homes, shops, hotels, infrastructure and utilities, to bringing his Chicago Cubs to the island for Spring Training, and much more. Guests who participate in either Wrigley’s Catalina or Magnificent Mt. Ada will receive $2 off museum admission when showing their receipt. For additional information, visit catalinamuseum.org. Additionally, Catalina Island Company is giving visitors a taste of Catalina’s culinary history with flashback food and drinks on all its menus, from Avalon Grille to Mt. Ada. These period offerings were originally served in the 1920s and ‘30s at historic venues such as Hotel St. Catherine and
the iconic Catalina Casino, and the Island Company is bringing them back in honor of the Wrigley Centennial. Built in 1918, Hotel St. Catherine was the first place the Wrigley family stayed in 1919 after purchasing the Catalina Island Company. The hotel faced the waterfront in Descanso Canyon, where Descanso Beach Club is currently located. Flashback food items at Catalina Island Company venues include: • Prime Rib Sandwich at Descanso Beach Club • Chicken Consommé at Avalon Grille • Baked Pacific Swordfish à la Créole at Mt. Ada • Old Plantation Vegetable Soup at Mt. Ada On the horizon for 2019 is the reopening of historic Hotel Atwater, which will debut a top-to-bottom renovation in August. Named in honor of Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of Philip Knight Wrigley, Hotel Atwater originally opened in 1920. The renovated hotel will offer a fresh inviting ambiance inspired by the personal style of its namesake, while staying true to its historic roots as a part of the Wrigley family legacy. The hotel is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning on August 18, 2019. Also opening in August 2019, the hotel’s signature restaurant, PKW Eatery + Bar, named after Philip Knight Wrigley, will thrive as a shared plate experience. More information about Hotel Atwater can be found at visitcatalinaisland.com/hotelatwater.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Puerto Vallarta Can Help Beat The Winter Blues And Step Up The Active Vacation From running and biking to sailing and SUP, Puerto Vallarta puts sports in vacations There’s no shame in looking for a sun-and-beach getaway in Puerto Vallarta and, with a comfortable 70-75 degrees average temperature for the upcoming spring months, it is the ideal place to relax away your winter blues. But for more active travelers, Puerto Vallarta’s location between the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and the Bay of Banderas provides multiple opportunities to help bring adrenaline levels up, too. Puerto Vallarta is drenched in natural terrains ideal for an endless array of outdoor activities. Water sports enthusiasts can choose from every imaginable activity, from snorkeling and scuba diving
to kayaking, sailing, water skiing, stand-up paddle and surfing. The abundant marine life in the warm Pacific waters of Banderas Bay are known to be a fisherman’s paradise, offering some of the best deep-sea sports fishing around. Those in search of hard-core adventure can go mountain-bike riding or zip lining, opt for a Jeep safari or go horseback riding in challenging terrains. There are also soft adventure tours of the jungle surrounding Puerto Vallarta, from canopy tours to eco-hikes. And, of course, more traditional sports pursuits, including tennis and world-class golf, are also all on offer in Puerto Vallarta, as well.
Visitors interested in bike-centered activities will find several local tour operators offer bike trips that fit everyone’s fitness and experience level, from beginner to expert; from bike taco tours to 3- or 10-mile climbs through the Sierra Madre to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and to a secluded beach or even the isolated town of Yelapa. Or, bikers can take a short trip to the “magical town” of Mascota, at 2.5 miles and over 12,000 feet above sea level, and riding through the region’s countryside to finally drop straight into the tropical paradise beach town of Puerto Vallarta. Stand-up paddle excursions depart from Boca de Tomatlan and Colomitos Beach, south of Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Center. There, the calm and clear waters of the Bay of Banderas permit wild excursions. From November to March, marine life is abundant, and species visitors may encounter include multicolored tropical fish of all sizes, sea turtles, manta rays and eagle rays, among others. For a completely Puerto Vallarta experience, try paddle boarding just offshore along the seaside Malecon promenade at sunset, and increase your chances of catching a glimpse of dolphins or humpback whales. Running is one of the most common sports practiced by both locals and visitors. Early runs along the Malecon and around the Historic Center are popular. Step up your run and throw in some mountains with a hike up the Mirador de la Cruz, for panoramic views of the city, or a run through Rio Cuale Island and up into the Conchas Chinas neighborhoods. For a more extreme experience, try a run along the 62-mile Bay of Banderas coast. The trail starts in the fishing village of Boca De Tomatlan, by a river that flows into a small bay, leads through the tropical jungle and over a rope suspension bridge to end at one of Puerto Vallarta’s most secluded beaches, Playa Los Colomitos. Runners may encounter a wide variety of exotic birds, butterflies, lizards and tropical trees along the way. For more Information on Puerto Vallarta please, visit www.visitpuertovallarta.com. April 2019
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
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New York’s Moxy Chelsea Opens as The Flower District’s New Secret Garden Refined yet playful, hand-crafted yet modern, Moxy Chelsea reimagines the urban jungle, blending botanically-inspired design with Italian romance Rising 35 stories high into the New York City skyline, Moxy NYC Chelsea, the micro-room, macro-amenity hotel, developed by Lightstone and part of Marriott International’s experiential Moxy Hotels brand, officially opens its doors today. Inspired by the surrounding Flower District, the hotel blends a botanically-influenced design with Italian romance and a touch of playful wit. Creating an environment that appeals to both today’s modern traveler and locals, Moxy Chelsea was developed with a collection of public spaces designed to meet the community’s dining, drinking,
and co-working needs—while providing guests access to New York City at a neighborhood level. The 349-room hotel marks the second collaboration between Yabu Pushelberg, Rockwell Group, and architects Stonehill Taylor, the designers behind Moxy Times Square and three of the industry’s most admired firms. The newly-constructed building’s architecture riffs off the neighborhood’s retro-industrial style and feels harmonious with its location, in the heart of the Chelsea Flower Market. The hotel blends into the lush flower shops that surround it, with a soaring
three-story glass atrium revealing the vertical gardens within. Guests enter through the overgrown Putnam & Putnam Flower Shop, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, which is envisioned as a “botanical library,” with planter boxes suspended from the 15-foot wall, reachable by a wheeled ladder. The shop is run by husbands Darroch and Michael Putnam, whose couture approach to floral arrangements over the years has made them a staple at celebrity weddings, including the recent nuptials of Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk. Just beyond the flower shop, a bright yellow neon sign spelling out the words “MEET” and “GREET” beckons guests into Moxy’s take on the check-in area. Four butcher blocks, alluding to the nearby Meatpacking District, are dramatically suspended from the 12-foot ceiling above, acting as check-in kiosks. Members of Marriott’s recently renamed Loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy; replacing Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards; can also access keyless entry through the Marriott Mobile App. Just beyond check-in is the Moxy Digital Guestbook streaming videos and images taken within Moxy hotels or tagged #atthemoxy for visitors’ pre-elevator amusement. The bedrooms are drenched in sunlight and feature floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows. For the design, Yabu Pushelberg replicates the clever functionality they created for Moxy Times Square, leavened with wit and humanized with a sense of craft. In all three-room types — King, Double/Double and Quad Bunk — the furniture, which includes a writing desk and chair/luggage rack, can be folded up and hung up on Moxy’s signature peg wall when not in use. Other space-saving gambits include under-bed storage and a lava-stone sink and vanity area placed outside the bathroom. Tiles in the shower stalls are printed with cheeky phrases like “SOME REGRETS” and “WILD THING,” while a bulldog-shaped beer bottle opener hangs on the door. Additional bedroom features nod to the Flower District, like reading lamps that resemble garden lanterns and faucets that recall hose reels. Unique to Moxy Chelsea is the over-the-top MONDO Suite, an entertainment suite located on the 32nd floor. With soaring, April 2019
double-height 18-foot ceilings and a wall of industrial-style windows looking out onto the Empire State Building, the room is equipped for entertaining and socializing. The suite can be combined with one or two adjoining king rooms to create a place to party and sleep.
DINING AND DRINKING CONCEPTS FOR GUESTS AND LOCALS ALIKE Lightstone teamed up with Francesco Panella, owner of Antica Pesa, the legendary trattoria in Rome and its celeb-favorite counterpart in Brooklyn, and TAO Group to create new dining and drinking concepts for Moxy Chelsea that will appeal to guests and locals alike—Feroce Ristorante, Feroce Caffè, and Bar Feroce. The menu at Feroce Ristorante embraces both traditional dishes and modern interpretations utilizing ingredients from historic brands and small producers across Italy, as well as local purveyors in New York. In
front of the restaurant is Feroce Caffè, with glass airplane hangar-style doors that can be raised all the way up, opening the space entirely to the sidewalk, as in Italy. It also features a vintage doughnut machine that wafts tempting aromas onto the sidewalk, luring locals in off the street. The hotel entrance has its own dedicated window counter connecting to the caffè, so guests can pick up fresh-baked doughnuts and coffee as they come and go. Panella also created the menu at Bar Feroce, an Italian snack bar and lounge offering a modern twist on traditional Roman comfort dishes, oven-fired pizzas, and classic cocktails. On Bar Feroce’s all-season, alfresco garden terrace, The Backyard, a terra cotta oven turns out gourmet Roman-style pizzas and features a made-for-Moxy bocce drinking game. When designing Feroce, Rockwell Group worked closely with Panella to capture his vision and energy. As a result, the space has a theatrical quality, from the overscale terrazzo floors to the Brooks Brothers custom-designed waitstaff uniforms, to the grappa cart roving the dining room. Rockwell Group was also responsible for Moxy Chelsea’s second-floor lobby, which unfurls as a series of spaces with multiple uses that change with the rhythm of the day. The Conservatory occupies the three-story glass atrium on the building’s front façade; on one side, greenhouse-style windows overlook the sidewalk, while on the other, a vast living wall teems with plants, Little Shop of Horrors–style. During the day, sunlight flows in, refracted by multicolored glass screens and reflected kaleidoscopically on the terrazzo floor—an ideal spot for working or reading. At night, a DJ shifts the energy from day to evening, transitioning the space seamlessly into a cocktail lounge.
The lobby atmosphere is enlivened by a design that reflects Moxy’s trademark cheekiness, such as classically sculpted figurines making unexpected poses, like twerking, taking selfies, and wearing sunglasses. A life-size, toga-clad Roman statue rests on a column, one arm extended so it can hold a guest’s phone and pose with them for a selfie. Throughout the lobby, ample seating options invite co-working and socializing, including modular meeting studios that morph seamlessly from daytime workplace to evening social space. TAO Group and Rockwell also collaborated on The Fleur Room, Moxy Chelsea’s rooftop lounge, topping off the hotel on the 35th floor with panoramic 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State building. The design features a copper-clad bar, glass chandeliers that resemble giant water droplets, and a massive disco ball salvaged from the notorious 1980s L.A.
nightclub Vertigo. The real showstopper: The lounge’s glass walls descend at the touch of a button, transforming the space into an alfresco sky veranda. “We’ve all read about how the modern traveler wants to satisfy their curiosity with unique experiences and personalized, insider access,” says Mitchell Hochberg, President of Lightstone. “Nobody really expects that at the Moxy price point. With Moxy Times Square, we proved we could flip the script; and with Moxy Chelsea, we’re taking it to the next level: We’ve doubled down on that formula—affordable rates, rooms with character, distinctive public spaces—and made it even more personal, more local, more genuinely New York.” “With the opening of Moxy Chelsea, the Moxy Hotels brand continues to boldly reinvent the hospitality scene,” says Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Moxy Hotels, and Vice President, Distinctive Select Service Brands, Marriott International. “When you walk into a Moxy, you know you’re getting a killer bar experience with fun, playful programming; an in-the-know Crew; stylish and functional bedrooms; and experiential moments you’ll want to share with friends during your trip. Moxy Chelsea offers all of that, with a distinctly bold, New York twist.” Moxy now has 30+ experiential hotels open across North America, Europe and Asia. Moxy is expected to open 20+ more hotels in 2019, in destinations including Paris, Nashville and Boston. For more information or to book, visit www.moxychelsea.com.
BUSINESS | DEVELOPMENT
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LVCVA and Elon Musk’s the Boring Company Collaborating for the Future of Transportation in Las Vegas Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a recommendation to select The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Upon approval by the LVCVA Board of Directors on March 12, the project would be another first for Las Vegas and have the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond. “The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” said LVCVA CEO and President Steve Hill. “Our destination thrives
on innovation and reinvention and The Boring Company’s concept allows us to continue providing the world-class experience our guests and clients have come to expect and move people in an efficient and cost-effective manner with advanced technology.” Currently in the midst of an expansion, the Las Vegas Convention Center will span 200 acres when complete in time for CES in 2021. Conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end hence the need for an on-property guest transportation solution. In 2018, Las Vegas had more than 42 million visitors. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts more than 1 million convention attendees annually. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada carries approximately 12 million passengers per year within the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor.
“We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” said Steve Davis, president, The Boring Company. “Upon approval, it can be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, supporting the LVCVA’s expansion timeline.” Founded by Elon Musk, TBC is a leader in innovative transportation technology. Its projects include a Research and Development (R&D) Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The R&D Test Tunnel represents a fully operational 1.14-mile Loop system that cost less than $10 million per mile including internal tunnel infrastructure. The LVCVA’s TBC recommendation is a result of a multi-step process that started in 2018 with a request for information to gauge interest. A request for proposal was then issued. Interviews with resort property, and consultants in transportation systems, and automated people-mover construction and operations industries. Pending the LVCVA Board’s approval during their March 12 meeting, TBC and the LVCVA would determine specific design, construction and operational plans and negotiate a contract for final approval by the LVCVA Board in a subsequent meeting anticipated by June 2019. The potential project’s estimated fiscal impact is $35 to $55 million. Tourism is the engine that drives Southern Nevada’s economy, and one of the greatest opportunities for continued growth is business travel. Through expanding and renovating the convention center coupled with innovations in efficiently and effectively moving locals and visitors within the destination, Las Vegas will not only retain its status as the No. 1 conventions city, it will ensure the economic future of the entire destination. Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $58.8 billion in total economic impact, supporting 391,000 jobs and $16.4 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 41 percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.
LAS VEGAS AS A BUSINESS DESTINATION • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts 21 percent of convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada directly supporting approximately 8,600 jobs, paying $375 million in wages and salaries. • Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Center’s attendees generate nearly $2.1 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy. • The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation are expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion. • The project will generate an additional $2.1 billion in economic activity during construction and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year. • Las Vegas hosts upwards of 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade show annually. • The destination boasts nearly 12 million square feet of meeting space including three of North America’s ten largest convention centers, in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business. • Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 24th consecutive year for hosting 47 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America. • The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 13,800 local jobs and $2.1 billion in local economic impact. • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosted 56 conventions in 2018 with a combined attendance of 1.3 million people. For more information please, visit www.lvcva.com.
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Wilshire Skyline Revives Iconic Hollywood Landmark the Commodore of Hollywood One-of-a-Kind Historic Residential Building Steeped in Hollywood History to Reopen, Bringing Hospitality Benefits, An Emphasis on Design and A Sense of Community 50
The reimagination of a one-of-a-kind landmarked historic building located in the heart of Hollywood was unveiled today at The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline. As part of a $10 million renovation project spanning the entire property and surrounding area, the soon-to-open residential community will offer fully flexible accommodations ranging from traditional unfurnished apartments to fully furnished hospitality living. Comprised of 73 pet-friendly residences and hotel style accommodations, The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline offers modern luxuries, unique benefits and amenities designed for the needs of today’s renters and travelers. Residential long-term leasing prices range from $2,000 per month to $5,000 per month. Guest suites are available for a nightly rate and are offered at special pricing for residents’ guests. “Wilshire Skyline sees itself as a custodian of historic residential buildings. We believe that providing the public with access to authentic historic living priced within reach is a unique offering as well as a community service,” said Alan Nissel, Principal of Wilshire Skyline, a third-generation Los Angeles-based real estate firm. “The Commodore of Hollywood is an incredibly special property and a Hollywood legend. We saw a tremendous opportunity to restore and enhance this landmarked building to its glory days and fulfill the needs of Hollywood’s historically-minded residents.” The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline offers a variety of smartly configured studios and one-bedrooms ranging in size from 350 to 810 square feet. Offered with flexible leasing terms, the modernized residences provide abundant natural light and feature 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, spacious walk-in closets and eat-in kitchens indicative of its historic architectural design. Hospitality-driven amenities include concierge services, a wellness/fitness room, a private dog park, pet perks and more. Collaborative spaces and built-in social opportunities encourage a strong sense of community and are a highlight of The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline lifestyle. Adding to the lure, the chicly furnished serviced units offer free wi-fi, housekeeping services and smart home technology including internet TV. Located one block from famed Hollywood Boulevard, the building’s prime location is ideal for creatives and professionals who yearn to live like a local and have easy access to every urban expectation.
Award-winning, Los Angeles-based Jonathan Watts of KFA Architects and Christos Prevezanos of Studio Preveza were retained to modernize the building while preserving its historic integrity. As a way to compliment the historic nature of the 1920s building, the design team focused on accentuating the details that make the building unique such as the once-concealed ornate entry portico, its expansive detailed molding and its dramatic arched openings. By expanding the lobby to twice its original size, a now inspiring and welcoming lobby lounge pays homage to the era in which the building was constructed and boasts an original decorative stone fireplace and terrazzo floors. In the hallways and stairwells, artwork by local artists hand selected by Prevezanos and his team decks the walls and complements the custom pattern drapery. The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline encapsulates nine decades of Hollywood history, opening in 1927 as the movie industry took root in Los Angeles. Designed as a 1920’s Mediterranean revival style apartment-hotel, the building was developed through a prolific design-build partnership between contractor Samuel F. Bard & Company and famed architectural designer Lewis A. Smith, behind many of Los Angeles’ first-ever cinemas including the Ritz and Beverly Theater. The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline became home to countless of Los Angeles’ old Hollywood celebrities as they launched their careers to become legendary
entertainment figures including Robert Vaughn, Clara Blandick, Aubrey Scotto, Addie McPhail, Ernest (Ernie) Adams, William Edmunds, and Matthew Boulton. The building later continued to be a favorite hangout for Hollywood stars and musicians, including the legendary rock band KISS, who adored the building’s rich history, architectural detail, and supreme location. Located at 1830 N Cherokee Avenue, The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline is within walking distance to Hollywood’s famed attractions including Vine Street, Hollywood Boulevard, Musso & Frank Grill, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Runyon Canyon and more. With a Walk Score of 96 and proximity to the Metro and 101 Freeway, the centralized location provides easy access to explore the greater Los Angeles region. For more information please, visit www.commodorehollywood.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Topping Off Ceremony for 125 Greenwich, a U.S. Immigration Fund EB-5 Project, Celebrates the Completion of the Building Photos Courtesy of U.S. Immigration Fund
In the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, 125 Greenwich, a new skyline addition is swiftly rising – and with a felt presence. U.S. Immigration Fund is proud to announce another milestone, as 125 Greenwich tops out at 88 stories and 912 feet. The topping off ceremony takes place this afternoon at 125 Greenwich Street, hosted by Bizzi & Partners and Douglas Elliman. As of now, the building holds the title as the 16th tallest skyscraper under construction in New York City. The project is being designed by Rafael Vinoly and developed by Bizzi & Partners and Vector Group, while Douglas Elliman is marketing sales for the 273 residential units. Interior design firm March & White will lead the interior design on the project. The building design leaves no detail unthought-of including units with kitchen cabinet doors that disappear when open, and mask appliances when closed, and column free, glass corners to maximize space and provide unobstructed views of the Hudson river, World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan. The top portion of the building contains the amenity suites (usually slated for lower-levels), allowing residents to take advantage of
these views alongside a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, infinity pool, and private dining room. The swimming pool faces West, with full-view sunsets and views of the World Trade Center, while the fitness center faces East towards Brooklyn and the sunrise – giving residents a unique 360-degree view. These are just a few of many design elements that makes the space unique to Viñoly and the March & White team. The amenity suites also include an oversized dining room, an entertainment room and a spa. “This is another significant accomplishment for U.S. Immigration Fund and our EB-5 investors, as we continue to fulfill EB-5 project requirements and add to our record of success in Manhattan, and within the EB-5 industry,” said Nicholas A. Mastroianni III, President of U.S. Immigration Fund. With sales underway, studios start at $1.2 million for 418 square feet; one-bedroom residences start at $3.225 million for 752 square feet; two-bedroom residences start at $2.74 million for 1,270 square feet; and three-bedroom residences starting at $4.625 million for 1,932 square feet. Buyers can expect a move-in date around Q2 FY 2020. www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Women, Millennials, and Hispanics Will Shape the Future of Housing - Ten of the top 20 and seven of the top 10 fastest-growing buyer first names are predominantly millennial female names - Home deeds with predominantly millennial first names grew 5.3 percent year-over-year - Home sales associated with traditionally Hispanic first names increased 4.1 percent year-over-year
The future of real estate will be significantly influenced by women, millennials and Hispanics, according to realtor.com®’s analysis of first names on 2018 home sales deeds. Single women are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the housing market, according to the data. Although older Baby Boomer and Silent Generation women are leading the charge, the increase in deeds with female names is particularly visible when comparing genders within the millennial generation. Looking solely at names with a peak year between 1981 and 1997, millennial female names are outpacing millennial male names, with home sales with female names beating male name home sales by 1.5 percent (6.9 percent versus 4.4 percent on average year-over-year, respectively). Seven of the top 10 fastest growing buyer names are predominately millennial female names, and all of them peak in the 1980s and 1990s.
Overall, Hannah, Austin, Alexis, Logan, and Taylor -- of which three are predominantly female names -- were the top five fastest growing first names on home sales deeds in 2018, with their frequency seeing an average increase of 22 percent from 2017. While Michael, John, David, James, and Robert were still the top five first names on sale deeds by sheer volume, these names saw a 3 to 5 percent decline over 2017. “First names associated with women -- especially millennial women -- saw a significantly faster level of home sales growth in 2018, giving us a sneak peek of homeownership trends in 2019,” said Javier Vivas, director of economics research at realtor.com®. “Hispanics and millennials names overall also saw a surge in home purchases last year. If these buyers can continue to break through the affordability barrier, they are likely to make up a larger share of owners than ever before and dominate the market for years to come.”
MILLENNIALS ARE NOT THE RENT GENERATION In 2018, home sales with millennial names1 increased 5.3 percent, followed by Gen X names at 0.8 percent. Names of Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and the Silent Generation (born before 1945) fell 2 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. Geographically, millennial buyer names are particularly overrepresented in Kansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, and Utah - states where housing affordability remains above national levels - confirming that jobs and availability of entry level homes act as magnets for young buyers.
THE RISE OF HISPANIC INFLUENCE Deed data also shows a growth in Hispanic names. In 2018, home sales associated with traditionally Hispanic names and partially Hispanic names increased 4.1 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively year-over-year. While sales with non-Hispanic names remained virtually flat at 0.1 percent year-over-year. Notably, 26 of the top 100 fastest-growing names are traditionally of Hispanic origin. Within this category, Hispanic buyer names skew slightly older than their non-Hispanic counterparts, with a median birth year of 1979 and 1982 respectively. Geographically, Hispanic buyer names are naturally concentrated in the South and Southwest. California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona are among the top states, unsurprising given their proximity to Central America. On the East Coast, sales to buyers with Hispanic names are overrepresented in
Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey, where demand for homes from domestic and international buyers of South American and Caribbean origin tends to be concentrated.
METHODOLOGY This analysis looks at all arms-length, residential non-corporate transactions for the period of January through September 2018. Sales for 2017 are also analyzed to enable year-over-year comparisons. Realtor.comÂŽ compared name demographic data from the Social Security Administration to deed record buyer information to understand how younger age groups are expanding their influence in the housing market. For example, the data showed that half of Hannahâ€™s were born before 1993, and 80 percent of them between 1987 and 1997, thus giving Hannah a high likelihood of being a millennial buyer. Millennial names are identified as those peaking between 1981 and 1997, Gen-X names between 1965 and 1980, Boomer names between 1946 and 1964 and Silent names before 1946. Buyer names are identified by parsing the first name from the primary name on the deed record at the time of the transfer of ownership. Middle names and last names are not parsed. In cases when the deed has more than one buyer name recorded, the information is used to identify multi-name deeds, but non-primary names are not parsed. Some limitations include home buyers not always going by their first name and not all names listed as primary are necessarily being heads of the household. For more details on methodology, visit www.realtor.com.
ART | CULTURE
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1994 Acrylic on Canvas
Photos Courtesy of Martin Lawrence Galleries
Martin Lawrence Galleries Soho Celebrates the Unique Vision and Works of American Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis The magnificently curated exhibition, opening April 12th, 2019, to include watercolors and acrylics on paper The imagery and works of Sam Francis-to be showcased at MLG’s Soho gallery located at 457 West Broadway, exude a spontaneity, openness, and bold presence that were an integral part of the artist himself. Francis allowed chance and accident to shape his images, and his ability to convey the meaning of these unconscious elements enables viewers to understand the man, as well as his art. Sam Francis was an American painter, printmaker, and icon. Born in Northern California in 1923, he attended the University of California at Berkeley before leaving to join the Army Air Corps in 1943. While recuperating from injuries suffered during his service, Francis began
to paint. By the late 1940s, Francis was studying at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and UC Berkeley, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Curiosity and desire led the artist to Paris in the early ‘50s, where he attended the Atelier Fernand Léger and was exposed to the work of Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, which ignited his interest in light and vibrant color. Francis achieved commercial and critical success with his large, paint-splattered, colorful images and, due to travels to the south of
“There are as many images as eyes to see.” -Sam Francis France, Tokyo, Mexico City, Bern, and New York, his artistic development reflected modern French painting, Asian culture and Zen Buddhism in particular. His paintings of the 1950s evolved from monochromatic abstractions to massive richly colored murals and “open” paintings that feature large areas of whiteness. After his 1953 painting “Big Red” was included in the 1956 exhibition “Twelve Artists” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Francis enjoyed a rapid rise to international prominence. MLG Soho is exceptionally proud to offer collectors archetypal Francis works and images. These include mandalas, trellises, and spirals, which dominated his work during a period in the ‘70s when he immersed himself in the work of Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung. In Jung’s writings, Francis discovered ideas which he instinctively believed to be true, and which he believed he had been exhibiting in his work from the start. Francis’ works of the early 1970s have been referred to as ‘Fresh Air pictures’ which he created by adding pools, drips, and splatters of color to wet bands of paint applied with a roller. These works reasserted the artist’s interest in color. By 1973–4 Francis’ paintings featured a regular grid or matrix made up of crossing tracks of color. Many of these matrix works were massive in scale, measuring up to twenty feet long. During the course of his career, Sam Francis was commissioned to paint many important murals, including those on exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern and the Kunsthalle in Basel, Switzerland. His first one-person exhibition was in Paris in 1952 and Francis sold his first painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955. Retrospectives of his work have been held by the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthalle in Basel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, Pompidou Centre in Paris, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Japan, Sweden’s, Malmo Konsthall, Museo Nacional in Madrid, Galleria Communale in Rome and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. To Francis, the power of art lies not in its superficial effects, but in how it resonates in the soul. As he said, “Depth is all.” Despite its simplicity of form, his art reflects an intense and thoughtful man. It is deeply personal, revealing the presence of a powerful and genuinely creative spirit.
Martin Lawrence Galleries Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Sam Francis, Bright Ring Drawing, 1964, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper
Sam Francis died in 1994, and in the wake of his death, the Sam Francis Foundation was founded. Its stated mission is to “research, document, protect and perpetuate the creative legacy of the artist” and “promote awareness of and knowledge about the art of Sam Francis to the public through education and information. Martin Lawrence Galleries is delighted to be able to share works of this exceptionally importantly abstract expressionist and invites collectors of all ages to admire and acquire them, as well as original works by Andy Warhol, Rembrandt, Picasso, Chagall, Keith Haring, and Takashi Murakami. MLG Soho is in the heart of New York’s art mecca and provides visitors with an unparalleled fine art experience.
Martin Lawrence Galleries Soho 457 West Broadway New York, NY 10012
CALENDAR April 5th-7th, 2019 Dwell on Design – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. Dwell on Design is a magnet for architecture and design professionals working in residential, contract, and hospitality design. The exhibition and conference feature the best in modern furnishings, lighting, accessories, kitchen and bath, home technology, outdoor, and design materials. Dwell on Design invites the community to the event to inspire home remodeling projects, provide access to resources for their interiors, and to connect with architects and designers for their projects.
April 6th, 2019 Spring Open Studios – Mission District Valencia St., San Francisco, CA. Mission Artists is entering their second decade of connecting and showcasing artists in the Mission. More than 100 Mission artists will be opening their studios for a fun weekend. Open Studios is a rare opportunity to see the artists in their workspaces. It’s a viewer-driven art tour where you can choose your adventure. Come out and look at art and celebrate. Get creative and inspired!
April 7th, 2019 54th Academy of Country Music Awards– MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV. The 54TH ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more. The evening, which will be hosted by the legendary Reba McEntire, will include performances by country superstars Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and George Strait - plus more to be announced!
April 10th - 23rd, 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival – Castro Theater, San Francisco, CA. The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and a major cultural event in the Bay Area. SFFILM Festival features a bonanza of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and a variety of new digital media, as well as a smart lineup of industry panels and seminars, awards events, onstage tributes, retrospectives, and the highly acclaimed Schools at the Festival program, which brings more than 5,000 students in grades 3–12 into the festivities.
April 10th - 23rd, 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival – Civic Center and Japantown, San Francisco, CA. The annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, always one of California's most splendid celebrations, draws more than 200,000 people to a dazzling display of Japanese culture and tradition. Most of the events and activities are free and headquartered at the Japan Center, which is celebrating its 50th year, at Post and Buchanan Streets.
April 12th, 2019
April 12th, 2019
P!NK – Beautiful Trauma World Tour – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV.
LA Art Book Fair – Downtown, Los Angeles, CA.
Grammy Award-winning international pop icon P!NK announced collaborator and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels will join her Beautiful Trauma World Tour as the special guest in 2019. Michaels worked alongside P!NK to write the strikingly honest track “Barbies” and the melancholic song “For Now” from her dynamic 7th studio album, Beautiful Trauma.
Printed Matter presents LA Art Book Fair, a unique event showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines. Over 250 international presses, booksellers and independent publishers from twenty-one countries come together to hawk their wordy wares at this not-to-be-missed companion fair to New York’s Art Book Fair. Peruse naughty pulp paperbacks, catalogues full of fancy modern art, and books that you don’t really “read” so much as just admire.
April 29th, 2019 Gipsy Kings – House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV. For more than 30 years now, the Gipsy Kings have captured the world’s imagination, ever since the release of their platinum-selling debut album in 1983. Since then, this party-starting ensemble has toured around the globe and sold 20 million albums worldwide. Flamenco, Latin rhythms and Western pop come together in the irresistible music of Gipsy Kings, the GRAMMY-winning, chart-topping world music superstars. Don’t miss their return to Las Vegas at April 29th.
SOCIAL | EVENTS
CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH JANE WALKER BY JOHNNIE WALKER DINNER Diageo Reserve hosted a dinner in honor of Women’s History Month in partnership with Sage featuring Jane Walker. Hosted by Sam Bracamontes with a guided educational tasting by Ewan Morgan, National Program Director of Diageo Reserve. Invited guests enjoyed tempting culinary creations curated by James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain and celebrated the many achievements of women and the shared journey to progress with special-edition offering of award-winning Black Label blend the “Jane Walker.”
Sage Restaurant, Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. March 7, 2019 Photos by Juan Macias
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
Photos Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Seventh Annual One Night for One Drop Draws A-list Attendance for World-renowned One Drop Foundation at Bellagio Resort & Casino Star-Studded Attendees Included Jonathan Bennett, Eve, Nigel Lythgoe, Hans Zimmer, Kevin Frazier and Many More, Who All Came Together for a Global Cause The performance was co-written and directed by André Kasten and Leah Moyer, performed by Cirque du Soleil artists as well as celebrated performers including Keone and Mari from “World of Dance” and Las Vegas headliner Blue Man Group, presented alongside Academy Award-winner & world-renowned score composer Hans Zimmer and featured intricate choreography created by Alexander Ekman and Andrew Winghart. Highlights from the dramatic acts were three spectacular arrangements performed live by Hans Zimmer, including a specially adapted piece from the award-winning film “Interstellar.” This year’s event was taped for the new entertainment special ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP: IMAGINED BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, and aired on, March 16th, on the CBS Television Network. The limited commercial experience is made possible by presenting sponsor COLGATE, which is committed to raising awareness of water scarcity with a “turn-off-the-faucet-while-brushing” message because #EveryDropCounts. The exclusive evening started out with One Night for One Drop’s traditional blue carpet with notable attendees including: director
and producer Nigel Lythgoe; star of “Celebrity Big Brother” season two Jonathan Bennett; host of CBS’ “The Talk” Eve; “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier; American figure skater and sports commentator Tara Lipinski; Academy Award-winner & world-renowned score composer Hans Zimmer and internationally recognized singer Czarina Russell; water conservationist and marathon runner Mina Guli; former professional tennis player Andrea Jaeger; star of “Second Wives Club” Shiva Safai; star of “General Hospital” Lisa LoCicero; Amy Saunders aka Miss Behave; model Constance Jablonski; Vegas Golden Knights players Erik Haula and William Carrier; celebrity poker player Daniel Negreanu; television host and actress Amanda Leatherman; Las Vegas headliners Marie Osmond, Xavier Mortimer, Tape Face, Carrot Top and Blue Man Group; cast members from Las Vegas Strip productions ABSINTHE, MAGIC MIKE LIVE, FANTASY, OPIUM, Chippendales, WOW – The Vegas Spectacular and Legends in Concert; and the One Night for One Drop creative team André Kasten, Leah Moyer, Keone and Mari, among others. All proceeds from the event benefit One Drop’s global water efforts, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Las Vegas Community. For more information about One Drop’s global water initiatives, please visit www.onedrop.org.
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PALMS PLACE 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SKY LAS VEGAS 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY TOWERS 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
PANORAMA TOWERS 4525 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SOHO LOFTS 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VDARA 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
METROPOLIS 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK HOUSE 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
THE OGDEN 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VEER TOWERS 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
MGM SIGNATURE 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK TOWERS 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169
ONE LAS VEGAS 8255 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
TRUMP LAS VEGAS 2000 Fashion Show Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
NEWPORT LOFTS 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
PLATINUM 211 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
JUHL LAS VEGAS 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
LOFT 5 2715 W Pebble Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
WEST OCEAN TOWERS 411 West Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE SOVEREIGN 360 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
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LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE VERSAILLES 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
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OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
GALAXY TOWER 2999 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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THE CALIFORNIAN 10800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
PERLA ON BROADWAY 359 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
WILSHIRE REGENT 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK THE LINE LOFTS 865 Comstock Avenue, 1737 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Los Angeles, CA 90028
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WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
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BAYSIDE AT THE EMBARCADERO
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HARBOR CLUB 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
MERIDIAN 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
CITYFRONT TERRACE 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
HORIZONS 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE METROPOLITAN 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
SMART CORNER 1080 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
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PARK PLACE 700 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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ELECTRA 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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CATHEDRAL HILL TOWER 1200 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
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ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE WATERMARK 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
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FOUR SEASONS RESIDENCES 765 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
GRAMERCY TOWERS 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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PASEO PLAZA & VILLAS 130 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
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